Talking About the Weather

In Minnesota, the weather is a conversation staple. It is not uncommon for Minnesotans to discuss over short ribs at their cousin’s wedding whether the rainstorm Paul Douglas has been coddling in the Star Trib will generate enough moisture to give the corn a chance.  January is long and dark there, and Minnesotans stoically lift their faces to the […]

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2013 in Retrospect

I’m a little late with this because we didn’t have our Wifi installed in the new apartment until yesterday evening.  Now, tentatively settled in with a bed, a table for a desk, and two suitcases for a dresser, I’m ready to officially let go of 2013: January: A freak broomball accident leaves me with an […]

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What’s Going On

These sorts of posts always need soundtracks.  Here’s one I filched from the Coens: What’s going on right now is that I’m sitting on my bedroom floor writing to you.  I’m down here because I just did yoga for the third time in my life, and I’m not sure my jelly hips and legs and […]

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Light Speed

Dedicated dog owners, we braved the results of a Winter Weather Advisory in order to fetch Ruby’s kibble. It was snowing fat flakes which flew around the car in long white lines, as if we were the Millennium Falcon going into light speed. “Punch it, Chewie!”

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What’s Going On

Post theme song: Someday this video will cease to be funny.  Thankfully, that day is not today. While you enjoy the music, here’s what’s going on with me lately: 1. I have finished The Years.  Truthfully, this novel lost me a bit in the middle.  It began spectacularly: it set me up to follow an extended […]

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First Snow

First snow today.  Or so I am told.  Facebook friends told me, either by way of whining post or exalting post.  The mobile Weather Channel told me, with a background like cotton balls falling behind a pane of glass.  It still looked like sleet to me, but we ran out just in case. Ruby wasn’t […]

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Ice

My dear truck is currently stuck on the ice in front of my house.  We had a winter storm over the weekend consisting of the star combination that is sleet and snow, and when I crept out yesterday morning seeking a ride to campus, I realized that the tires were frozen to the street with […]

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The Tempest

I am currently sitting on the third floor of the library.  I am smug because I managed to snag one of the comfy chairs.  I am full because I just polished off my lunch of orange and homemade chicken soup.  I am focused because I’m reading for Feminist Theory.  I am tired because I chose […]

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Trekking

Snowpocalypse 2013 has come and gone, and while the plows have been out at all hours (I heard them at 2:30 this morning) clearing the streets, the sidewalks are another story entirely. My walks to campus have now been enhanced with Everest-like snowbanks which must be scaled.   Typically, more often than not, my leg […]

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